Weekly wonders #5

Good morning. I’ve been working on a new version of The Big Ideas Network blog using Notion… I’ll be able to share 100’s of pages of new content like Earth, The Drake Equation, and Speculations on Alien Life. Here’s an extract from Earth: “Here we are with our eyes and our minds and our curiosity, six [now seven] billion passengers aboard a tiny blue boat, bobbing and wheeling our way around one vast Catherine wheel among many.” Timothy Ferriss, Seeing in the Dark At the first glance of an alien observer, the Earth would appear to be a small, ordinary rock orbiting an average and unremarkable star. It has a thin layer of gasses enveloping the planet called an ‘atmosphere’, which is good to have, but by itself isn’t anything particularly remarkable. The exact chemical makeup of the planet is certainly unique, but in the same way that any random assortment of letters is unique. What makes the planet interesting is how they’re put together… Keep reading… Here’s what’s been happening this week: Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. You might also like our community Discord chat! Grab your invite here 💬. Cosmos news A quick look…

Weekly wonders #4

Good morning. This is what happened in the news this week: Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. You might also like our community Discord chat! Grab your invite here 💬. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big picture More studies have been conducted into how LSD works. They’ve found that it ‘rewinds’ the brain by helping it to ‘unlearn normal perception’ and form new connections in their place, which may explain novel insights and phenomena associated with LSD trips. 🔗 Link Since 2010, almost 21 million square kilometres has been added to the world’s national parks and conservation areas, an area greater than the land mass of Russia. 7.84% of the world’s terrestrial surface is now protected and connected, though many estimates say what we must reach 50% to be truly sustainable. 🖇 Link The Florida panther’s historic territory used to be the entire Southeast of the USA. But they were hunted so relentlessly that by the 1970s, only a handful were left, in the swamps west of the Everglades. Their population has rebounded from as low as 20 back up to 200. 🔗 Link Female Florida Panther with 3 cubs. Photo…

Weekly wonders #3

Good morning! One of the most amazing things about the internet is that it’s created opportunities for people across the world with similar interests to meet. This is why I’d strongly encourage you to visit our Discord chatroom. It’s about Discover Earth and the wonders of the cosmos – drop in here 👈 This week I wrote a longer form post, originally posted on Reddit. Here’s the direct link, and here’s the full text: My biggest and most profound realisation… It started when I stood outside and looked up at the night sky, and I could actually see the moon move across the sky inch by inch. I realised that we’re all part of a solar system – which means connected bodies that are moving together through the gigantic void of space. I heard a rustle in a tree nearby and saw a possum on a branch (we have really cute ones here in Australia). I thought that a long, long time ago my ancestors would have filled a similar ecological niche. Looking at it felt a lot like I was looking directly at my ancestors. I looked at my hands and realised that my nails…

Weekly wonders #2

Good morning! One of the most amazing things about the internet is that it’s created opportunities for people across the world with similar interests to meet. This is why I’d strongly encourage you to visit our Discord chatroom. It’s about Discover Earth and the wonders of the cosmos – drop in here 👈 This week I wrote a longer form post, originally posted on Reddit. Here’s the direct link, and here’s the full text: My biggest and most profound realisation… It started when I stood outside and looked up at the night sky, and I could actually see the moon move across the sky inch by inch. I realised that we’re all part of a solar system – which means connected bodies that are moving together through the gigantic void of space. I heard a rustle in a tree nearby and saw a possum on a branch (we have really cute ones here in Australia). I thought that a long, long time ago my ancestors would have filled a similar ecological niche. Looking at it felt a lot like I was looking directly at my ancestors. I looked at my hands and realised that my nails…

Weekly wonders #1

Hey guys! It’s been a long time between emails, but we are back in action! In the last few months I’ve been busy building things for Discover Earth, like our App, Podcast, and a brand-new Chatroom on Discord. They’re all on the same theme as this email – the wonders of the cosmos, so check them out! Maybe you remember earlier posts like Where Our Atoms Came From and The Fabric of Reality… Going from the blank page to the best possible story takes a while, so it has meant my emails have been pretty infrequent. So going forward, I’ll send you new posts. But I’m ALSO trialling a new, regular style of email called the Weekly Wonders which you can see below, containing curated news and content. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so if you want to get in touch just reply to my email. I read every response. Hope you love it! Ben McCarthy Founder @ Discover Earth Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. You might also like our community Discord chat! Grab your invite here 💬. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big picture SpaceX has made history…